Saturday, 16 May 2009

Let's Fill The Jails......With MPs

jailOh dear me. It seems the list of thieving MPs just gets longer and longer by the day. I guess they just ride Gung Ho right over any rules, regulations or moral obligations they have to the taxpayers and look after themselves.

I sent 10 Tweets to the UK Labour Twitter site last night enquiring as to when justice will be seen. Several MPs have admitted openly they were in the wrong. This means they obtained cash by deception, which is a chargeable offence under the Fraud Act, 2006 as well as being a chargeable offence under the Theft Act, 1968.

They admit their guilt to the crime, and yet they are still at large, just how does that work then?

David Chaytor admits claiming almost £13,000 in interest payments for a mortgage that he had already repaid

Sir Gerald Kaufman charged the taxpayer £1,851 for a rug he imported from a New York antiques centre and tried to claim £8,865 for a television

Tam Dalyell attempted to claim £18,000 for bookcases two months before he retired as an MP

Anthony Steen claimed £87,000 on country mansion with 500 trees

Derek Wyatt billed 75p for scotch eggs

Richard Younger-Ross spent £1,235 on four mirrors and bought 'Don Juan’ bookcase

Crispin Blunt told to stop claiming Commons allowance on his home because his children live there

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown “flipped” his second home designation from London to his Gloucestershire home, before buying a £2,750,000 house.

The Smallest Girl In The World

She stands just 1ft 11in tall and the average two-year-old would tower over her. But Jyoti Amge is no toddler - she is 14 years old.

This remarkable teenager, who weighs just 11 lb, is the smallest girl in the world.Her tiny size - she's just nine inches taller than this page - means that Jyoti has to have her fashionable clothes and jewellery made for her.

The youngster - who has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia and will never grow any taller - is too small to use a normal-sized knife and fork so she eats off special plates... and sleeps in a tiny, custombuilt bed.

Even bathing is done on a miniature scale.

She uses specially-made steps to help her get in the bath and a small bucket and jug to wash herself.

But, astonishingly, she goes to a regular school, where her fellow pupils treat their tiny classmate as one of themselves as she she sits at her mini-desk and chair.

And Jyoti, who like any teenager loves listening to pop music and watching DVDs, is far from unhappy about her size.

She says: "I am proud of being small. I love all the attention I get. I'm not scared of being small and I don't regret it. I'm just the same as other people. I eat like you, dream like you. I don't feel any different." And her size has its benefits. She's a mini-celebrity in her home city of Nagpur, in central India. People flock to see her. Some even treat her as a goddess. And she has even recorded a soon-to-be-released album with her favourite Indian pop star, the bhangra/rap singer Mika Singh.

Her businessman father Kishanji, 52, says: "I can't separate myself from her even for a single day. I love her very much. She makes me proud. Lots of gurus come to see and bless her. They pray for her happiness and long life."

Her mother Ranjana, 45, adds: "When Jyoti was born, she seemed quite normal. We came to know about her disorder when she was five. We consulted a specialist and he said she will be this size all of her life. Jyoti is small, yet cute, and we love her very much."

For one so small, Jyoti has big ambitions.

She hopes to one day break into Bollywood as an actress.

She says: "I would love to work in a big city like Mumbai, act in films and travel to London and America."

I'm proud of being small. I love all the attention I get because of it

All her things at home are in miniature.. but she's very happy. Some people even think she's a goddess

She loves DVDs and wearing fashionable dresses.. and has made an album with her favourite rap star.

Source: sundaymirror

Mayor Bloomberg, New York Owes This Woman Big Time !

This is a lovely story I read in the New York Times about a woman who has courage and the will to live life to the full that we can only dream about. Hers is a tale of how, no matter how bad things get, we should make the most of what we have.

Take a moment this week to extend New York's best wishes to an uncommonly spirited woman left paralyzed in the crossfire between a cop and three gunmen 74 years ago, but who has yet to receive so much as a syllable of sympathy or a penny of support from her city.

The most innocent of bystanders, Leonora Tomasulo was Mayor Bloomberg leonora tomasuloshot on her 16th birthday. The bullet remains lodged against her spine as she comes to her 90th this week.

"It's still in me," Tomasulo reported from her wheelchair yesterday.

She seems incapable of self-pity. Bitterness only edges into her voice when she describes what the city did for her in the aftermath.


Tomasulo turned 16 on that May day in 1934 and she was returning home with a strawberries and cream birthday cake she had bought with a dollar one of her sisters gave her.

She was starting onto Cherry St. when she heard gunfire. She saw Police Officer Arthur Rasmusen go down in front of her, fatally wounded, his gun blazing at a trio of thugs behind her.

"They held up a store for $25, a grocery store," Tomasulo recalled.

One stray bullet grazed the face of an off-duty detective's 10-month-old son. Another struck Tomasulo in the shoulder, tearing by her heart and lodging against her spine.

At Beekman Street Hospital, she was listed in extremely critical condition.

"They said I was going to die," Tomasulo recalled. "I told God, 'Please don't let me die.'"

She clung to life, but she was paralyzed from the waist down. She was transferred to Bellevue and was still in the intensive care as the holidays neared. She offered a full measure of her spirit when she started singing.

"Whoever heard of such a thing in the ICU unit?" her older sister Dora Pignanelli said as she sat with Tomasulo yesterday. "She's entertaining all the people there at Christmas. It gave them ..."

Pignanelli paused, searching for the right word.

"Courage," Tomasulo said. "I have a lot, thank God."

She needed all of it.

"I was in the hospital for five years," she noted.

When she was released from a rehabilitation center in Haverstraw, she was able to struggle about with a brace, crutches and pure will power, falling so often she got good at it.

"She fell a lot of times, but she fell easy," her sister said.

A good-hearted citizen gave her a wheelchair. The only thing the city ever gave her was an old hand-cranked sewing machine worth all of $1 so she could teach herself a trade and not be a burden.

Her luck took a good turn when a city worker named Louis Tomasulo chanced to see her by the entrance to her tenement. He announced that she was going to be his wife.

"Of course his mother didn't want him to marry a cripple," her sister recalled. "'He told his mother, 'If I don't marry that girl, I'm going to turn to drink.'"

They were married and if she still had a bullet lodged against her spine, she also had her Louis to help her. He died when he was not yet 60.

Her siblings continued to do all they could, as they had from the start, helping her live with the damage a single bullet can inflict.

"It's something nobody should go through," she said.

A moment of pure horror decades ago remained just a thought away.

"It always comes to me," she said.

Her great blessing continued to be her family. Fifty assorted relatives assembled for an early 90th birthday party at a Little Italy restaurant on Sunday.

She sang as she had in the ICU, as she had through all the years, good and bad. Her spirit was as young as on that day 74 years before when she turned 16. And she still loved birthday cake.

"What happened to the cake that was left over?" she asked at the end of Sunday's party. "It was so good I thought we'd take some home."

Leonora Tomasulo turns 90 on Sunday. The mayor should take a moment to say a few words that should have been said more than seven decades ago.

Strange Coincidences Between Abe Lincoln And John F Kennedy

Strange coincidences & Amazing Facts between Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
John F Kennedy

John F Kennedy
Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.

Both of their wives lost their children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.

Both were shot in the head.

Both were shot with one bullet.

Both were rumored to be killed in a conspiracy.Neither was confirmed to be a conspiracy.

Lincoln was shot in the Ford Theater.
Kennedy was shot in a card made by the Ford Motor Company (a Lincoln no less)

Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's secretary was named Lincoln.

Both were assassinated by Southerners.

Both were succeeded by Southerners.

Both successors were named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

Their first names both contain six letters.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by their three names.

Both names comprise fifteen letters.

Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse.
Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.

Both assassins were assassinated before their trials.

The only complete filming of Kennedy's assasination was shot by Abraham Zapruder.
The only complete account of Lincoln's assasination was written by John Zelfindorfer.

A week before Lincoln was shot, he was with friends in Monroe, Maryland.
A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with his friend Marilyn Monroe.

Lincoln's last child, Tad, had his funeral held on July 16, 1871. Later he was exhumed and moved to a different grave site.
Kennedy's son JFK Jr. was lost at sea on July 16, 1999. Later he was found, brought up, and then re-burried at sea.

Other interesting facts:

Apparently Lincoln had a dream several days before the assassination that he had been killed.
He told his wife that he had seen himself in a casket.

Also, Lincoln's son Tad had a pet turkey named Jack. Tad asked his father not to kill the turkey for Thanksgiving.

Although Harry S Truman started the official tradition, Lincoln was the first to "pardon" a Thanksgiving turkey.

Now what would be real interesting is if Kennedy had a pet named Abe or had pardoned someone by that name. Thus far, I haven't heard of that. Skeptics disagree

Some skeptics say that you could take any two famous people and find a number of similar-type coincidences between them.

The only problem with that theory is that there really haven't been any listings of such comparisons.

And certainly none has been as extensive as the Lincoln-Kennedy similarities.


Facts concerning the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy are amazingly similar. It is uncertain if such coincidences have any meaning, but they certainly are strange.

Microsoft 'v' Google

microsoft versus google

Google's age: 10
Microsoft's age: 33

Google's revenue in the last 4 quarters: $19.6 billion
Microsoft's revenue in the last 4 quarters: $60.4 billion

Microsoft's revenue at age 10: $140 million
($279 million in today’s dollars)

Google's revenue per hour in the last 4 quarters: $2.2 million
Microsoft's revenue per hour in the last 4 quarters: $6.9 million

Google's net income in the last 4 quarters: $4.85 billion
Microsoft's net income in the last 4 quarters: $17.6 billion

Google employees, as of June 30th 2008: 19,604
Microsoft employees, as of May 31st 2008: 89,809

Google's revenue per employee: $1 million
Microsoft's revenue per employee: $672,000

Market value of Google: $142 billion
Market value of Microsoft: $241 billion

Number of tech companies with a market value
larger than Google's: 3 (Microsoft, I.B.M. and Apple,
in that order)

Worldwide searches on Google in April: 48.7 billion
Worldwide searches on Microsoft in April: 2.3 billion

Worldwide searches per hour on Google in April: 65 million
Worldwide searches per hour on Microsoft in April: 3.1 million

For the record, the second most spoken
language within the Microsoft Corporation
is Romanian, Multumesc !!

The Greatest Singer To Ever Walk The Planet

Most singers spend years training to improve their voices, honing their skills to compete with the best. This guy never had a singing lesson in his life. Without any training he could belt out rock songs to 100,000 people without a problem, he could hold them in the palm of his hand and mesmerise them. Whether it be 100,000 people at Wembley, 200,000 people in Rio, or just 60 people in a BBC Studio, he would enchant them and hold their attention without a glimmer of boredom.

He could sing solo, with or without music, he could sing with opera singers like Montserrat Caballe and Luciano Pavarotti, he could entertain Kings and Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers along with any man or woman you choose from any walk of life and they all loved him. For me he will never be equalled, he will always stand apart as someone special. He was, and always will be, a cut above the rest. He was and always will be Freddie Mercury!

Top Spamming

spamI had a wild guess at who is responsible for the most spam in the world and thought it might be Nigeria, they keep sending me plenty of emails from the Bank of Widy Woo Woo or whatever telling me I have inherited $30,000,000 the bastards !!

The world's top 10 spamming countries account for 55 per cent of the total global spam volume, says Secure Computing, a public company that provides enterprise security solution, in its Internet Threats Report.

Spam is the unwanted e-mail messages that you find in your mail box. It is primarily electronic junk mail sent to your e-mail account or even your cellphone.

Spammers are continuing to use pop culture and current events (US elections, Olympics, etc) to entice end users into responding or clicking on links whose sole purpose is to download malware.

So which countries are the world's biggest spammers?

10. South Korea, 2.87%

South Korea sends slightly less spam than India, but with a contribution of 2.87 per cent to global spam it is the world's 10th largest spammer.

9. India, 2.99%

India is one of the top 10 spammers in the world and it accounts for 2.99 per cent of global spam.

The country is the world's 9th largest spammer, and as its Internet infrastructure improves with rising prosperity the amount of spam or unsolicited e-mails emerging from India too is likely to multiply.

8. Colombia, 3.09%

Colombia takes the 8th spot amongst the world's biggest spammers and accounts for per cent of global spam.

Here's how to curb spamming:

When you send e-mails to many people at the same time, use the BCC (blind copy) field so that the recipients are unable to see the other addresses. This also helps curb spamming.

The government too can help curb spam by enacting legislation that punishes offenders.

Don't give out your e-mail ID on instant messengers, chat rooms, et cetera.

7. Great Britain, 3.37%

Great Britain accounts for 3.37 per cent of global spam and is ranked 7th largest spammer.

Tips to be secure:

Being aware of spam and of ways to secure yourself too helps curb the menace.

You should never buy anything through an unsolicited e-mail. By buying through such messages, you help keep such business economically viable.

Instantly delete unsolicited e-mails, for such messages can also harm your machine by spreading viruses or worms.

6. China, 3.49%

China ranks 6th among the The world's top 10 spammers and accounts for per cent of global spam.

More ways to fight spam:

Upgrading your Internet security to ensure that spammers can't send spam via your computer.

Never reply to a spam message and never click on any links, especially 'unsubscribe' links in such messages because then you give yourself away as a real user and thus leave yourself open to be spammed even more.

5. Italy, 4.32%

Italy, the world's 5th largest spammer, accounts for per cent of global spam.

How to secure yourself from spam:

Various methods to save yourself from incoming spam exist. These include:
Using spam-filtering software. Trend Micro, Symantec, Computer Associates, Sophos (Satcom), McAfee, Netscreen, Prime Infotec, GajShield Infotech and Websense provide specialised anti-spam solutions in the Indian market.

A spam filter is a piece of software that sorts incoming e-mail messages and blocks those that it thinks are spam. While filtering can be very useful, it's not perfect as sometimes filters fail to identify spam-and they mistakenly block a genuine, non-spam message. Adjusting the filter settings can help minimise these risks. To prevent this one can also choose to direct spam into a special folder set aside for reviewing all messages that the software filter tags as spam.

4. Brazil, 5.29%

Brazil, with per cent of global spam, ranks 4th in the world.

Spammers continue to use pop culture and current events like the Olympics or US elections to lure users into responding or clicking on links whose sole purpose is to download malware.

3. Turkey, 6.51%

Turkey ranks number 3 in the world when it comes to spamming. It accounts for per cent of global spam.

Among the types of spam, male enhancement, product replica, prescription drugs, gambling, pornography, debt job offer, phishing were the major contronutors.

2. Russia, 6.71%

Over 6.7 per cent of global spam emerges from Russia, making it the world's second largest spammer.

The Secure Research report says that there was a 45 per cent increase in the average number of porn sites found daily since January 2008.

50 per cent of all Web sites' content is now in non-English languages, and this too is adding to the growing spam volume.

1. United States, 16.56%

The United States is the world's largest spammer and accounts for more than 16.5 per cent of global spam.

Spam is up 280% from last year (at this time). This year's peak on spam volume was March 27 at 185 billion spam messages. Since March we have seen spam steadily decrease.